Monday, September 29, 2014

Harrisburg's Amaya commits to UIS men's basketball team

Bahari Amaya, a key reserve on the Harrisburg High School Class 2A state championship team in 2013, has committed to play basketball at the University of Illinois Springfield starting in the 2015-16 season.

Amaya, a 6-foot-5 senior wing, took his only official visit to UIS. The early signing period for basketball begins Nov. 12.

“When I went on the official visit I felt at home,” he said. “It seems like a really cool place. It seemed like a good fit.”

As a sophomore, Amaya was the leading scorer and rebounder in Harrisburg’s 53-43 win over St. Joseph-Ogden in the state semifinals with 13 points and six rebounds. He had four points, two assists and a rebound in the fourth quarter of a 50-44 victory over South Holland Seton Academy in the title game. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds that year.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on September 26, 2014.

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